In Christ Alone

Having just come out of a season of fasting and prayer, I was warned that difficulties were ahead.  Those warnings were definitely right,  this week has been one of the worst weeks I’ve had in a very long time!  I have been stressed to my very core,  I’ve encountered unrealistic expectations, insomnia, impossible deadlines, disappointment, physical pain, fatigue and difficult people.  Life hit me like train this week.

For some reason God likes to speak to me in short phrases, and this week I’ve been hearing “In Christ alone”  over and over again.  This makes me think of the song by the same name:

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I standIn Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt of life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
’til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

I love this song!  It reminds me how much God has done and is doing.  It reminds me of His infinite love for me.  And I don’t know about you, but I needed to be reminded of His love this week.  My first mistake was taking my eyes off the cross and onto the temporary things around.  In light of eternity, my “problems” don’t look so bad.

My hope isn’t in my job, my school work, or any plans that I can conjure up in my head.  My hope is in Christ, and so often I lose sight of that and try to do more than I handle.  I may never be able to please my boss or reach his unrealistic expectations, and if that’s where my hope is found then life is going to be very disappointing.  But when I look to the cross everything changes!  He’s holding open his handing waiting on me to give up the control I’m clenching in my hands.  All I have to do is hand it over to Him.

I hold onto stress, He offers me perfect peace.

I hold onto the opinions of others, He offers me His opinion, that I am chosen, loved blessed, forgiven, made in His image, etc…

I hold onto my plans, He offers His perfect will.

I hold onto physical pain, He offers me healing.

I hold onto disappointment, He offers me purpose.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him. // Psalm 62:5

I can choose to accept the negative circumstances of my life as truth or like Psalm 62:5 says I can command my soul to find rest in God.  My way obviously doesn’t work very well, or this week wouldn’t have been so difficult.  I’ve got two choices, what’s it going to be?

What are you holding onto that you need to let go?  Are your hands clenched around your circumstances?  What’s standing between you and freedom? You’re always one prayer away from freedom.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” // Matthew 7:7

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